Olympic Notes: Tokyo Government Sets Up 2020 Olympic, Paralympic Games Bureau
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set up a new bureau dedicated to preparations for the delivery of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The new bureau, designated in English as the Bureau of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Preparation, was officially established on Wednesday (Tokyo 2020). ... A cultural and educational hub "is to be constructed on the site of London’s 2012 Olympics inspired by the collection of museums, arts venues and world-class universities built in South Kensington as a legacy to the 1851 Great Exhibition." The multimillion pound project, which its architects claim could create 10,000 jobs, "will provide a second campus for University College London and additional gallery space for the Victoria and Albert Museum on land between the Olympic Stadium and Stratford station" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 1/4). ... A statement published on the Kremlin website said that Russian President Vladimir Putin "made a few runs on the ski slopes in Sochi." In the coming days, the president "will inspect Olympic event venues and attend rehearsals of the Olympic and Paralympic opening ceremonies" (BLOOMBERG, 1/3).